29 Aug

Quick hits: Calif. olive oil grows

There’s a growing market for California olive oil.

Production in the state increased 168 percent between 1996 and 2004, and continues apace. California growers produce about 425,000 gallons and are on track for 750,000 gallons annually in three or four years, overtaking the French. U.S. consumers purchase 65 million gallons of olive oil annually, almost all of it from Spain, Italy and Greece.

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